Important COVID-19 Updates

How Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary is Responding to COVID-19

(Updated 5/1/2020)

We know Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary is a respite and place of serenity for many. The health and well-being of everyone at Owl’s Hill, and providing a safe environment for our visitors, is our top priority.

At this time, our trails remain open but our visitor center is closed.  All other programs and events are temporarily postponed through May 11.

We will continue to monitor updates from state and local governments, in concert with health experts, regarding public programming and group programs.

Updates will be posted to this webpage and our Facebook page. Additional details regarding the status of specific programs follows.

Trail Hiking
Our trails are currently open Tuesday - Saturday to offer a safe recreation option. A limited number of Day Passes are available by on-line purchase only for same-day hiking. To protect the wildlife and their fragile habitats, pets are not permitted in the Sanctuary, even on a leash. Day Pass visitors are expected to follow the CDC social distancing protocol and to stay home if sick or someone in their household is sick. No large groups or meet-up groups, please.

Education Programs
School programs and Home School programs, both onsite and via our Nature Comes Calling outreach program, have been canceled through at least May 8. We hope and are actively working to reschedule these programs with those affected. We will monitor local school district closings and adjust our date, if necessary, accordingly. Please contact us at with any field trip questions.

Public Programs
Wildflower Hikes scheduled through May 2 have been canceled. We are happy to provide registrants with credit toward a future program or a refund.

Tennessee Naturalist Program
We are working with the instructors to reschedule and/or offer classes in a modified, smaller class-size format . Please watch your email for updates.

Summer Camps
Summer Camp registration is currently open. You can register for summer camps at We are carefully considering all the information available from the CDC and American Camp Association as well as state health authorities. If it becomes necessary to cancel camp, we will issue a full refund minus CampDoc processing fee. Click here to read a statement from CampDoc regarding their insurance protection policies.

Dinner in the Forest
We’ve added lightning bugs to the line-up! Dinner in the Forest has been rescheduled for August 9. 

Volunteer Programs
Community Service Days and Eagle Scout Projects are temporarily canceled.  Please direct any questions regarding socially-distanced volunteer opportunities to

How You Can Help
Please consider making a gift to help ensure Owl's Hill can recover from this unprecedented crisis. 
Your gift will allow us to pick up with programming and other activities that mean so much to our visitors and volunteers.

Do your part to help flatten the curve of COVID-19, if you feel ill or someone in your household is ill, please stay home and consult your health care provider.